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Creating your Shot List

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Contributed By Glen Berry

  1. Mental visualizations are idealized
  2. Wide shots are Expository
  3. Close-ups are Rhetorical

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  • The first visualization we have in our head when we read the script is flawless but romanticized. We do not have a real visualization until it has been defined and refined through shot list and storyboard.
  • Speaking in general terms, wide shots tend to communicate and explain. More information is contained in a wider framing, including setting, geography and relative positioning.
  • Close-ups magnify emotional responses and deliver a greater rhetorical impact. Close-ups are often reserved for the climax of the scene.
Example shot list from the "How to Get Away with Murder" script.
Shot Vocabulary
Descriptions of shot vocabulary.
Creating your Shot List
How to approach creating your shot list from a script, creating the first visualization
Scene Analysis
An analysis of a scene from "A Fistful of Dollars".
The Directors Plan
The director's plan for covering the emotional content and action in the scene without shooting unnecessary footage.
The Hierarchy of Edits
Taking shot transitions into account when shot planning, providing the editor with opportunities to create invisible edits.